It Will Tear You in Two. 4.5 / 5
Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Sammy Fabelman aspires to become a filmmaker as he reaches adolescence, but soon discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth.
Unsurprising to no one, I love movies about movies.
Spielberg has undoubtedly left his mark on modern cinema. So it was interesting to see him turn the camera on himself, in a semi-autobiographical manner, to understand where his passion and love of the cinema came from.
From being blown away by the first transportive trip to the big screen to creating gradually more imaginative projects with friends over the years - like many, I saw myself up on the screen as parts of Spielberg's story feel simultaneously so intimate yet entirely universal. Both Gabriel LaBelle and Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord's performances as Sammy Fabelman are so full of awe, wonder and emotion as they let the movies shape their life.
It's no shock that Spielberg put his heart and soul into this, with each scene masterfully directed. There are so many memorable moments - Judd Hirsch's one impactful monologue where he swoops in and exclaims the curse of the creative while picking up a Best Supporting Actor nom before vanishing, the behind the scenes of Sammy's films, even David bloody Lynch rage fuelled speech.
There is so much to love about The Fabelmans. It's hard to find faults in the cast, the direction, the writing - even the final shot goes down in history as an all-timer. It's hard to deny the magic of the movies.